Canes' Leighton assigned to Albany

CHIP ALEXANDERDecember 13, 2009 

The Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday assigned goaltender Michael Leighton to the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League.

Leighton was placed on waivers Monday by the Hurricanes but was not claimed. He said Saturday night that the Hurricanes would place him on re-entry waivers today.

"The plan was I was going to go on re-entry waiver. That's what went on today, but the league refused it, so tomorrow I'm going to be on re-entry," he told the media in Albany, N.Y. "It's kind of wait and see. If I don't get picked up, I go back up to Carolina, and they've got to figure something out from there. If I don't clear, then I'm going somewhere else.

"I know Carolina's got their thing sorted out. I'm not going to get many games there. I'm a free agent after this year, and I just want to find somewhere where I can play some hockey."

Modin returns for Columbus: The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated left wing Fredrik Modin off the injured list and assigned center Derek MacKenzie to the club's AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

General manager Scott Howson announced the moves on Saturday.

Modin, 35, injured a knee during an exhibition against the Minnesota Wild on Sept. 18 and has yet to play this season.

The Swede is in his 13th NHL season and has 220 goals and 221 assists in 814 games with the Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Associated Press

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